TEST FOR ENGLISH MAJORS (2008)
TIME LIMIT: 135 MIN
PART I DICTATION [15 MIN]
Listen to the following passage. Altogether the passage will be read to you four times. During the first reading, which will be done at normal speed, listen and try to understand the meaning. For the second and third readings, the passage will be read sentence by sentence, or phrase by phrase, with intervals of 15 seconds. The last reading will be done at normal speed again and during this time you should check your work. You will then be given 2 minutes to check through your work once more.
Please write the whole passage on ANSWER SHEET ONE.
PART II LISTENING COMPREHENSION [120 MIN]
In Sections A, B and C you will hear everything ONCE ONLY Listen carefully and then answer
the questions that follow. Mark the correct answer to each question on your answer sheet.
SECTION A CONVERSATIONS
In this section you will hear several conversations. Listen to the conversations carefully and then answer the questions that follow.
Questions 1 to 3 are based on the.following conversation. At the end of the conversation, you
will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions. Now listen to the conversation.
1. When is Anne available for the meeting?
A. The third week of May.
B. The third week of June.
C. The eleventh of June.
D. The eleventh of May.
2. Their meeting will probably take place in
C. Mexico City.
3. When is Eric calling back?
A. Thursday afternoon.
B. Friday afternoon.
C. Thursday morning.
D. Friday morning.
Questions 4 to 6 are based on the following conversation. At the end of the conversation, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions. Now, listen to the conversation.
4. According to the woman, advertisements
A. let us know the best product.
B. give us sufficient information.
C. fail to convince people.
D. give misleading information.
5. In the woman's opinion, money spent on advertisements is paid
A. by manufacturers.
B. by customers.
C. by advertisers.
D. by all of them.
6. Which of the following statements is INCORRECT?.
A. The woman seems to be negative about advertising.
B. The woman appears to know more about advertising.
C. The man is to be present at a debate on advertising.
D. The man has a lot to talk about on advertising.
Questions 7 to 10 are based on the following conversation. At the end of the conversation,
you will be given 20 seconds to answer the questions. Now, listen to the conversation.
7. Mr Brown brought with him only a few things because
A. there wasn't enough space in the cupboard.
B. the hospital would provide him with everything.
C. he was to stay there for a very short time.
D. visitors could bring him other things.
8. According to the hospital rules, at which of the following hours can visitors see patients?
A. 2:00 pm.
B. 5:00 pm.
C. 7:00 pm.
D. 6:00 pm.
9. Which of the following statements is INCORRECT?
A. Patients have breakfast at 8.
B. Patients have lunch at 12.
C. There are special alcohol lounges.
D. There are special smoking lounges.
10. Which statement best describes Mr Brown?
A. He knows little about hospital rules.
B. He can keep alcohol in the ward.
C. He knows when to smoke.
D. He is used to hospital life.
SECTION B PASSAGES
In this section, you will hear several passages. Listen to the passages carefully and then
answer the questions that follow.
Questions 11 to 13 are based on the following passage. At the end of the passage, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions. Now, listen to the passage.
11. Meeting rooms of various sizes are needed for
A. contacts with headquarters.
B. relaxation and enjoyment.
C. informal talks.
D. different purposes.
12. Which of the following is NOT mentioned in the passage as part of hotel facilities for
A. Restaurants. B. Cinemas.
C. Swimming pools. D. Bars.
13. A hotel for an international conference should have the following EXCEPT
A. convenient transport services.
B. competent office secretaries.
C. good sports and restaurant facilities.
D. suitable and comfortable rooms.
Questions 14 to 17 are based on the following passage. At the end of the passage, you will be given 20 seconds to answer the questions. Now, listen to the passage.
14. The museum aims mainly to display
A. the area's technological development.
B. the nation's important historical events.
C. the area's agricultural and industrial development.
D. the nation's agricultural and industrial development.
15. The following have been significant in the area's prosperity EXCEPT
A. the motorways. B. the Roman road.
C. the canals. D. the railways.
16. We know from the passage that some exhibits
A. are borrowed from workshops.
B. are specially made for display.
C. reflect the local culture and customs.
D. try to reproduce the scene at that time.
17. The passage probably comes from
A. a conversation on the museum.
B. a museum tour guide.
C. a museum booklet.
D. a museum advertisement.
Questions 18 to 20 are based on the following passage. At the end of the passage, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions. Now, listen to the passage.
18. According to the speaker, safety in dormitory means that you
A. insure all your expensive things.
B. lock doors when going out.
C. lock windows at night.
D. take all necessary precautions.
19. What does the speaker suggest girls do when they are going to be out late?
A. Call their friends.
B. Stay with their friends.
C. Avoid walking in streets.
D. Always take a taxi.
20. What is the speaker's last advice?
A. To take a few self-defense classes.
B. To stick to well-lit streets at night.
C. To avoid walking alone at night.
D. To stay with their friends.
SECTION C NEWS BROADCAST
In this section, you will hear several news items. Listen to them carefully and then answer the questions that follow.
Questions 21 and 22 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the questions. Now. listen to the news.
21. What happened during the New Year celebration in Thailand?
A. Terrorists fought with Government troops.
B. Thai troops killed terrorists.
C. There were shootings.
D. There were explosions.
22. What has led to the violent situation in the south of Thailand?
A. The Muslims wanted independence.
B. Thai troops have been sent there.
C. About 2000 people have been killed.
D. There have been more bombings since 2004.
Questions 23 and 24 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the questions. Now, listen to the news.
23. Under the national oil law, the Iraqi government
A. will give more oil revenues to only a few provinces.
B. will let provinces distribute their oil revenues.
C. will distribute oil revenues according to population size.
D. will distribute oil revenues according to security needs.
24. The construction package is meant to
A. help build more houses.
B. help improve the country's economy.
C. help more children to go to school.
D. help more young people to get education.
Questions 25 and 26 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the questions. Now, listen to the news.
25. The joint committee will promote co-operation between Egypt and Spain in all the following
A. education. B. industry.
C. investment. D. technology.
26. What is this news item mainly about?
A. The establishment of a joint committee.
B. The trade relations between Egypt and Spain.
C. The future trade volume between Egypt and Spain.
D. The establishment of a joint business council.
Question 27 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 5
seconds to answer the question. Now, listen to the news.
27. According to the news, Japanese teenage women
A. are less violent than men.
B. are less violent than before.
C. are more violent than before.
D. are more violent than men.
Question 28 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 5
seconds to answer the question. Now, listen to the news.
28. Which of the following statements is CORRECT according to the news?
A. Zimbabweans stayed away from voting.
B. Zimbabweans were enthusiastic about voting.
C. Only a few Zimbabweans turned up to vote.
D. Zimbabweans believed that Mugabe would win.
Questions 29 and 30 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the questions. Now, listen to the news.
29. The news mentioned _____ reason(s) for the action taken by Indian telecom workers.
A. 1 B. 2 C. 3 D. 4
30. According to the news, who among the following were NOT affected by telecom workers'
A. Banks. B. Big companies. C. Long-distance callers. D. Government officials.
PART III CLOZE [15 MIN]
Decide which of the choices given below would best complete the passage if inserted in the
eorresponding blanks. Mark the best choice for each blank on your answer sheet.
Salt, shells or metals are still used as money in out-of-the-way parts of the world today.
Salt may seem rather a strange (31)____ to use as money, (32)_____ in countries where the food of the people is mainly vegetable, it is often an (33)_____ necessity. Cakes of salt, stamped to show their (34)____, were used as money in some countries until recent (35)_____, and cakes of salt (36)____ buy goods in Borneo and parts of Africa.
Sea shells (37)_____ as money at some time(38)____ another over the greater part of the Old World. These were (39)___ mainly from the beaches of the Maldives Islands in the Indian Ocean, and were traded to India and China. In Africa, shells were traded right across the (40)___ from East to West.
Metal, valued by weight, (41)____ coins in many parts of the world. Iron, in lumps, bars or rings, is still used in many countries(42)_____ paper money. It can either be exchanged(43)____ goods, or made into tools, weapons, or ornaments. The early money of China, apart from shells, was of bronze, (44)_____ in flat, round pieces with a hole in the middle, called "cash". The (45)_____ of these are between three thousand and four thousand years old - older than the earliest coins of the eastern Mediterranean.
Nowadays, coins and notes have (46)____ nearly all the more picturesque (47)____ of money, and (48)____ in one or two of the more remote countries people still keep it for future use on ceremonial (49)____ such as weddings and funerals, examples of (50)____ money will soon be found only in museums.
(31) A. object B. article C. substance D. category
(32) A. but B. and C. so D. even
(33) A. abstract B. advantageous C. abundant D. absolute
(34) A. weight B. value C. role D. size
(35) A. times B. events C. situations D. conditions
(36) A. even B. also C. still D. never
(37) A. had been used B. are used C. would be used D. would have been used
(38) A. and B. but C. yet D. or
(39) A. collected B. produced C. grown D. raised
(40) A. city B. district C. communib D. continent
(41) A. processed B. produced C. preceded D. proceeded
(42) A. in spite of B. instead of C. along with D. in line with
(43) A. against B. as C. in D. for
(44) A. often B. seldom C. really D. much
(45) A. earlier B.earliest C.better D.best
(46) A. replaced B. reproduced C. reflected D. recovered
(47) A. sizes B. shapes C. formats D. forms
(48) A. while B. although C. because D. if
(49) A. events B. gatherings C. occasions D. assemblies
(50) A. original B. primitive C. historical D. crude
PART IV GRAMMAR & VOCABULARY [15 MIN]
There are thirty sentences in this section. Beneath each sentence there are four words or phrase marked A, B, C and D. Choose one word orphrase that best completes the sentence. Mark your answers on your answer sheet.
51. Our association, which has consistently pressed for greater employment opportunities for tN
disabled, will publish ____ proposals in the near future.
A. their B. our C. his D. its
52. Had Judy been more careful on the maths exam, she ____ much better results now.
A. would be getting B. could have got
C. must get D. would get
53. Nine is to three _____ three is to one.
A. when B. that C. which D. what
54. Men differ from animals ____ they can think and speak.
A. for which B. for that C. in that D. in which
55. ____ he wanted to go out with his friends at the weekend, he had to stay behind to finish
A. Much though B. Much as C. As much D. Though much
56. I enjoyed myself so much ____ I visited my friends in Paris last year.
A. when B. which C. that D. where
57. Which of the following is INCORRECT?
A. All his lectures were boring. C. Her few friends are all fond of dancing.
B. Half his money was gone. D. He invited many his friends to the party.
58. When you have finished with that book, don't forget to put it back on my desk, _____?
A. do you B. don't you C. will you D. won't you
59. What does "He wisely refused to spend his money" mean?
A. It was wise of him to refuse to spend his money.
B. He refused to spend his money in a wise manner.
C. He was short of money and didn't want to buy anything.
D. He refused, in a wise manner, to spend his money.
60. They stood chatting together as easily and naturally as ____.
A. it could be B. could be C. it was D. was
61. The following are all correct responses to "Who told the news to the teacher?" EXCEPT
A. Jim did this. B. Jim did so. C. Jim did that. D. Jim did.
62. Quality is ____ counts most.
A. which B. that C. what D. where
63. In his plays Shakespeare _____ his characters live through their language.
A. would make B. had made C. made D. makes
64. The square itself is five hundred yards wide, five times ____ the size of St. Peter's in
A. / B. that of C. which is D. of
65. Which of the following sentences expresses "probability"?
A. You must leave immediately.
B. You must be feeling rather tired.
C. You must be here by eight o'clock.
D. You must complete the reading assignment on time.
66. When he first started in university, he really felt at _____ with his major --- economics.
A. shore B. bank C. ocean D. sea
67. On the road motorists should be aware of cyclists and be ____ towards them.
A. considerable B. considering C. considerate D. considered
68. Sally was a bit shy, but the teacher found her quite ____ discussing a recent film with
A. at home B. at most C. at house D. at bean
69. The company has capitalized _____ the error of judgment made by its business competitor.
A. in B. over C. with D. on
70. Tim has failed three courses this semester, so he will have to _____ them next semester.
A. remake B. repeat C. reapply D. revise
71. Keep this reference book; it may come in _____ one day.
A. handy B. useful C. convenient D. helpful
72. The questions that the speaker raised were well ____ the average adult.
A. past B. on C. beyond D. through
73. Teachers in this school were encouraged to use drama as a(n) _____ of learning.
A. design B. instrument C. agency D. tool
74. First, we need to find out what his scheme is, and then act _____.
A. sensitively B. imaginatively C. efficiently D. accordingly
75. At first Jim was not quite clear what he was going to do after university, but now he seems
_____ on becoming a computer programmer.
A. fit B. set C. disposed D. decided
76. When invited to talk about his achievements+ he refused to blow his own _____ and
declined to speak at the meeting.
A. trumpet B. whistle C. bugle D. flute
77. In spite of the treatment, the pain in his leg grew in
A. gravity B. extent C. intensity D. amount
78. Bus services between Town Centre and Newton Housing Estate will be _____ until the
motorway is repaired.
A. discontinued B. suspended C. halted D. ceased
79. The moon, being much nearer to the Earth than the Sun, is the ____ cause of the tides.
A. principal B. basic C. initial D. elementary
80. Teddy came to my ____ with a cheque of $200 to pay my room rate, after I phoned him
that my wallet had been stolen.
A. attendance B. assistance C. rescue D. safety